Fire Pearl Missions is the name of my missionary season, and I’m on fire about walking out the destiny God has planned for me in His service.
After 20+ years teaching graduate-level ESL and related teacher training courses, I am stepping into the work the Lord has laid before me – to be a missionary for Christ, more specifically a crisis response missionary bringing hope into crisis with Austin Disaster Relief Network. From the get-go, I have felt called to disaster preparedness, and I am truly blessed to be able to partner with ADRN in its mission to unite the Church to serve in this area. With five years experience of disaster relief, numerous disaster deployments, and countless God stories from the field, becoming a crisis response missionary seems to be the next step in my journey to serve full-time as the hands and feet of Christ to those in need.
What does a crisis response missionary do? I have volunteered with ADRN since 2012 to serve those who have been affected by disasters – floods, fires, tornadoes, and even explosions – in a variety of capacities, from emotional/spiritual care, administrative support, and site leadership, to operational logistics and cleanup crewmember. My heart fills with gladness to encourage and love others in times of testing and disaster, and to share His beauty, His faithfulness, and His love for them. I am dedicated to doing His kingdom work as my life’s work and to continue to grow in knowledge, revelation, and wisdom of His Word, while pursuing Him with all that I have.
I am blessed to work with ADRN, an organization as well as a network of over 175 churches in Greater Austin. We organize, prepare, mobilize, and respond as the body of Christ in Austin to bring people physical, emotional, and spiritual support in times of disaster. In the past two years alone, ADRN has served in 5 major disasters, both here in Central Texas and neighboring Louisiana, helping 18,000 survivors get back on the path to restoring their lives.
As I take this step of faith to become a missionary, I trust wholeheartedly that God will use my passion, my training, and my experience in disaster preparation and deployment to reach those who are in need – to be hope in the midst of crisis. I also trust God to connect me to financial partners who are stirred to invest their resources to help support my mission.